Sunday, August 7, 2011
while across the globe, Israelis of all backgrounds, set up their tents in the heat of summer, in the heat of conviction that social justice issues must be on their national agenda, not just walls and armies and public relations campaigns. A relative of a dear friend of mine from my old building on Broadway in New York, writes on August 2: Batsheva writes: Tens of thousands of young people--marching in the streets, calling for change--calling for social justice and a welfare state--we hadn't seen anything like that since Sabra and Shatila in 1982. This protest which began barely two weeks ago when a young woman named Daphne Leef put up a tent at the edge of Rothschild Blvd near the Habima Theater and sent out a Facebook message calling on friends to join her--has grown into a very powerful, nation-wide phenomenon...
I have never seen anything like what I saw there. Tent after tent, stretching on both sides of the Blvd., from Habima Square and almost reaching Allenby Street, endless signs, a free first aid center provided by Rabbis for Human Rights, free clothing for the taking, art courses, yoga, free food and water, signs against Bibi and the tycoons, young individuals, couples, families camping out, tents where writers tell stories to children, music everywhere, lectures, a "Revolutionary Theater" which shows Michale Moore's "Capitalism--A Love Story" every night...This really is a revolt of the young, the highly educated middle class which if it sounds familiar is the same profile as the core of the protesters in Tahrir Square in Cairo..the Arab Spring and what is happening in the sweltering summer heat of Tel Aviv.